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Ann Dávila Cardinal

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The Roger Corman Tour of Puerto Rico: Watching Last Woman on Earth

When I learned of exploitation film director Roger Corman’s Last Woman on Earth, part of his “Puerto Rico trilogy” (a trio of films shot in Puerto Rico in 1960) I knew I had to watch it. A post-apocalyptic film from The Pope of Pop Cinema set in 1960s Puerto Rico? Yes please! I wanted to see if he captured the island I remember from my childhood. But then I thought: why not watch it when we were actually in Puerto Rico? To that end, I packed the DVD with the overly sexualized image from the original poster on the front securely in my luggage. On movie night my husband and I went all out, popping corn, projecting the film on the white wall of my uncle Esteban’s beach condo as if we were at a drive-in.

It was quite the experience watching this science fiction movie shot not far from where we sat, with the sound of the ocean in stereo from out the windows and from the computer’s speakers. But it wasn’t until later that the poignancy of watching this particular film at this point in history hit us.

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5 SFF Books Written by Afro-Caribbean Authors

Having spent the last several years writing novels based in Puerto Rico, I’ve been obsessed with reading and recommending as much Caribbean literature as I can, and last month I decided to exclusively read work from Afro-Caribbean speculative writers. To that end I completely immersed myself in the work of the following five writers, and I feel like I’m in the middle of the most vivid, beautiful, and mythological fever dream—one I don’t want to wake from.

In the interest of keeping the dream going, I’d like to pass on these five stunning titles to you.

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Five SFF Books by Puerto Rican Authors

Whenever I’m asked for recommendations of Puerto Rican literature in English, my first reaction is to lament how few of the island’s best authors are translated. When I was doing research in preparation for my novel Five Midnights, I found that this shortfall is particularly a problem in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but the quality of those that are available almost makes up for the lack of availability. Almost.

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